Programming language innovation has been hindered by the difficulty of
making changes to existing languages. A key source of difficulty is the
tyrannical nature of existing approaches to realizing languages -- adding a
new language construct means that any tool, document or programmer that
works with the language must be prepared to deal with that construct.
A registration-based approach makes it possible to define language
constructs that are not tyrannical. They are instead transient -- the
program appears to be written using the constructs only so long as a given
programmer wants to see it that way. This approach may have the potential
to greatly facilitate programming language innovation.
- Sam Davis
- Gregor Kiczales
For more information about this project email Sam Davis.